[Advanced Optics] Superleague 2016 S2 Quarterfinals Group A: Mighty vs RAVE HOTS (Part 2)

Match 2: Sky Temple

Pick & Ban Phase
Mighty | RAVE HOTS

Ban Phase 1: Falstad Illidan

  • Both teams stick with their choice of first ban.

Pick Phase 1: Greymane Muradin Abathur Uther Li-Ming

  • Both teams stick with their choice of first pick(s).
  • This time RAVE HOTS take Uther and Li-Ming instead of ETC and Li-Ming. Uther is picked early as to deter Mighty from utilizing The Butcher again.

Ban Phase 2: ETC Rehgar

  • As Muradin and ETC are considered the two best all-around tanks as of this meta, Mighty’s ETC ban is fairly obvious.
  • As Uther and Rehgar are considered the two best all-around supports as of this meta, RAVE HOTS’ Rehgar ban is also quite logical.

Pick Phase 2: Valla Thrall Johanna Tyrael Kharazim

  • Mighty find themselves in a similar situation to their last match, and Valla is picked again. In order to round out their composition Mighty add Thrall.
  • Johanna is picked for both her waveclear against Abathur and blind against Valla and Thrall. The Tyrael pick makes much less sense and seems to simply be a comfort pick for Hamelin. Commentators note either picking Xul or Sylvanas as to seriously shut Abathur down would have been a more logical choice.
  • Korean supports usually default to Kharazim when both Uther and Rehgar are unavailable. ZZANG decides to go with the flow.


Key Moments
0:00 – Match start.

2:00 – Muradin lands a crucial Storm Bolt on Johanna, allowing Mighty to burst her down and start securing the center temple. Notable here is Valla’s choice to go for the full Hungering Arrow build which requires less protective investment from the team. RAVE HOTS fail to take back the temple despite their numbers advantage, and with Abathur happily soaking bot, Mighty start to widen the experience gap.

3:45 – After attemping to contest the top temple RAVE HOTS fall back again without much resistance. Mighty extend their lead.

6:40 – Mighty reach level 10 first and completely seize control of their third temple of the game. RAVE HOTS still seem to be clueless against the Abathur problem.

8:00 – A clutch Tyrael engage nets RAVE HOTS a kill, but other than a much-needed morale boost the takedown fails to amount to much.

9:15 – Top and bot temples open simultaneously. The two teams take one each.

9:30 – Mighty attempt Boss, quickly retreat when discovered, but swiftly return to redouble their effort. Tyrael frantically coming down from the top temple is not quick enough for RAVE HOTS to stop Mighty. Johanna desperately attempts to stall time until Tyrael arrives, but fails and dies. Mighty capture Boss.

12:20 – Mighty emerge slightly victorious from a drawn-out teamfight just before two temples open. Mighty proceeds to attempt to control the center temple.

13:30 – A second drawn-out teamfight occurs as RAVE HOTS contest the center temple. Off the back of another daredevil Tyrael move, RAVE HOTS claim their first meaningful victory of the game. RAVE HOTS finish the center temple but are still at a level disadvantage.

15:00 – As RAVE HOTS somewhat greedily attempt to finish the top temple, a full-blown teamfight ensues. Displaying overwhelmingly better coordination, Mighty cleanly wipe their opposition and proceed to destroy the Core.



Midseries Interview

  • Mighty professed satisfaction with their pick & ban phase for both games, claiming everything had gone according to plan and their practice was showing off.
  • RAVE HOTS conceded their pick & ban decisions had been a bit off the mark so far, but promised to win Match 3 no matter what.


Match 3: Infernal Shrines

Pick & Ban Phase

Ban Phase 1: Kael’thas Thrall

  • Kael’thas is a top priority pick on this map.
  • RAVE HOTS deliberately opens Illidan with a Thrall ban.

Pick Phase 1: Illidan Abathur Greymane Uther Li-Ming

  • Mighty immediately pick up Illidan.
  • RAVE HOTS decide to deny Mighty of Abathur but retain their fixation with Greymane. Commentators mention taking away another Illidan support such as Tassadar may have been more sensible.
  • Mighty pick Uther to offer Illidan greater support, then finally address RAVE HOTS’ preference for the Greymane + Li-Ming combination by taking away Li-Ming.

Ban Phase 2: Falstad Sonya

  • RAVE HOTS seem to dislike playing against Falstad regardless of circumstance.
  • Mighty ban Sonya, one of the best counterpicks to Illidan.

Pick Phase 2: ETC Rehgar Muradin Xul Sylvanas

  • ETC is considered the best tank to impede Illidan. Rehgar is picked as he is not banned and Uther is taken.
  • Muradin is picked as he is not banned and ETC is taken. Xul is not only a solid pick on this map in general but also puts immense pressure on Abathur.
  • Sylvanas is also a solid pick on this map and also counters some of Xul’s pressure.


Key Moments
0:00 – Match start.

2:30 – RAVE HOTS completely ignore the top shrine and send all members to push mid instead. After taking down two towers quickly they rotate top to defend against the Punisher. A small skirmish ensues as the Punisher falls, and a clean Powerslide grants RAVE HOTS a kill as well as a small experience lead.

6:15 – ETC catches out Xul overextending, leading to RAVE HOTS grabbing another kill. Mighty commit to a full teamfight despite being a man down but their overconfidence costs them Li-Ming’s life.

7:30 – RAVE HOTS win another teamfight at the center shrine. Mighty manage to summon a Punisher amidst the chaos but it falls very quickly to RAVE HOTS’ defense.

9:00 – A very audacious individual play by Greymane nets a kill on Muradin. Muradin’s death leads to Mighty losing their bottom fort, and only Xul’s presence keeps the level gap from widening at escape velocity.

11:00 – RAVE HOTS decide to completely ignore the center shrine and send all members to push top instead, reaching level 16 in the process. With minions and mercenaries behind them, RAVE HOTS fearlessly initiate a teamfight under Mighty’s Keep.

12:00 – Emerging victorious from the teamfight, RAVE HOTS greedily storm the Core. Mighty manages to fend them off somehow and save their Core at 3%. However the previously huge experience gap is now nowhere to be seen.

14:05 – RAVE HOTS’ attempt to ambush Mighty at blue side Bruiser camp backfires completely. Mighty are finally at an experience advantage.

15:45 – RAVE HOTS attempt to ambush Mighty at the very same bush. It backfires again and RAVE HOTS end up losing their Keep.

16:50 – Mighty throw spectacularly by committing to what has to be the worst Core call of the year. RAVE HOTS defend without breaking a sweat with their Core at 55%. With four members of Mighty lost in the futility, RAVE HOTS waltz over to the 3% Core and end.



Match 4: Battlefield of Eternity

Pick & Ban Phase
Mighty | RAVE HOTS

Ban Phase 1: Abathur Illidan

  • RAVE HOTS do not want to be pressured into an Abathur first pick.
  • Mighty returns to first banning Illidan.

Pick Phase 1: Li-Ming Muradin Greymane Uther Zeratul

  • RAVE HOTS finally quit first picking Greymane and instead opt for Li-Ming.
  • Mighty first pick the all-purpose Muradin. Greymane is taken next to deny RAVE HOTS their preferred duo.
  • RAVE HOTS respond with Uther and Zeratul, the latter being a rather unorthodox pick at this stage in the draft, especially with Thrall open. The commentators guess it may have been taken to empower Li-Ming.

Ban Phase 2: ETC Thrall

  • With Muradin already in their hands, Mighty’s ETC ban is obvious.
  • Why Zeratul over Thrall has still not been answered, but a Thrall ban here is standard.

Pick Phase 2: Sonya Sylvanas Stitches Sgt.Hammer Rehgar

  • With Thrall unavailable, Mighty decide on Sonya for a melee assassin that can offer great firepower against Immortals. Sylvanas is taken next as she rounds out the team quite well while also granting enormous power to allied Immortals.
  • RAVE HOTS bravely pull out a double cheese strategy with Stitches and Sgt. Hammer. The Stitches + Zeratul combination is a proven powerhouse, whereas Sgt. Hammer has long been considered a potentially overpowered yet unproven niche pick on this particular map. The commentators were rather dumbfounded by the Sgt. Hammer pick, shouting “Hammer? Hammer?” repeatedly in doubt for a good twenty seconds.
  • Rehgar was the obvious remaining pick for Mighty.


Key Moments
0:00 – Match start.

1:30 – Members of RAVE HOTS are picked off multiple times over a minute or so, and Mighty take the first Immortal without much hassle. With help from Sylvanas, the first Immortal successfully takes down the bottom Fort.

6:30 – Sgt. Hammer having yet to show any of her worth, Mighty comfortably take their second Immortal and begin another devastating push.

7:30 – Mighty takes a Keep and the push does not stop here. With the Immortal still healthy and a fresh level 10 power spike, Mighty all-in the Core and destroy it before the eight minute mark.



Postmatch Interview Tidbits from Mighty JOKER

  • “We didn’t tryhard in Match 3 since we wanted an exact 3-1 win.”
  • “RAVE HOTS taunted me after my move to Mighty. This revenge tastes sweet.”
  • “Hamelin brushed me off as a bad tank in the prematch trashtalk segment… but after facing his team, I found out I’m better than Hidden.”
  • “We were preparing a The Butcher pick even before his recent buffs.”
  • “The Sgt. Hammer pick was hilarious. Everyone cracked up as soon as she was locked in; we knew it was going to be a free win.”
  • “I’m not too confident in us beating MVP Black but we’ll try our best.”


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